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Get stylish with purple haze

The violet shade, often cited as an autumn-winter colour has become a new draw for Indian designers, writes Reema Gehi.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2007 13:33 IST
Reema Gehi

Recently, Miuccia Prada from the house of Prada flaunted the violet shade with satin garments at the Paris Fashion Week.

Not surprisingly, some of our Indian fashion designers are connoting the flush of purple with their garments as well. This shade which essentially belongs to the mauve, magenta, rose and indigo dye family, is often cited as an autumn-winter colour.

Seasonal connect
Designer Lascelles Symons says, "I can safely say that even internationally purple has become the seasonal winter colour. It symbolises royalty. One can spot it on various fabrics like velvets, silks and even jersey material each year."

Falguni of Falguni and Shane Peacock also agrees, "Purplish wine is a very sexy colour. It is very close to black. It has the same slimming and attractive effect."

Designer Nalanda Bhandari experimented with the purple breed at last month's Lakme Fashion Week with French charmeuse satin shirts and skirts.

The lilac tint which has been predicted as the colour palette for the current sea son goes well with her new collection. She states, "Amethyst complements the texture and tan that most Indians are blessed with."

English ho?
Though style gurus are all gung-ho about the colour, they warn that if the shade is chosen incorrectly, chances are there can be a major fashion faux pas.

So, while deep purple is a hit with the Indian fashion dictators, the English lavender colour remains ignored.

"The light lavender looks almost washed out the Indian skin tone. So, if the darker shade is teamed with another deep solid colour, it will look bizarre." Bhandari shudders.